by S BIRRUNTHA / pic by RAZAK GHAZALI
MALAYSIA reported 1,012 new Covid-19 positive cases in the country yesterday, involving 1,005 local transmissions and seven import cases.
Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Selangor reported the highest number of daily cases yesterday with 417 cases, followed by Sabah with 271 cases and Johor with 108 cases.
Other states which recorded new cases include Kuala Lumpur (KL) with 98 cases, Pahang (33), Perak (29), Negri Sembilan (23), Penang (18), and Kedah (10).
“Sarawak and Kelantan have recorded two cases respectively, while Putrajaya recorded one case,” he said in his Covid-19 statement.
Dr Noor Hisham added that two new Covid-19 clusters were detected in the country yesterday, involving the states of Selangor, KL and Negri Sembilan.
He said the first cluster, Seruling, was detected in the districts of Klang, Hulu Selangor and Petaling and it has infected 109 individuals.
The second cluster, known as the Bina Darul Construction Site, involved the districts of Titiwangsa, Cheras and Lembah Pantai in KL and has spread to the districts of Petaling, Sepang, Kuala Langat and Klang in Selangor, and Seremban in Negri Sembilan.
This cluster has infected 14 individuals so far.
There are now 185 active clusters in the country to date, of which 41 clusters reported new infections yesterday.
The clusters that reported the highest increase in new cases were Teratai cluster with 78 cases, Batu Tujuh cluster (52 cases) and Ria-30 cluster (33 cases).
While, four clusters namely, Melor, Kempas, Titir and Tempayan were officially terminated yesterday.
The increase in new cases have brought the country’s overall total to 75,306.
There were 10,862 active Covid-19 cases that were being treated at health facilities nationwide.
Among the active cases yesterday, 126 were placed in the intensive care unit, with 62 of them requiring respiratory aid.
Meanwhile, 1,750 patients were discharged, increasing the total recovered cases in the country to 64,056, which equalled 5.1%.
Four new deaths were reported in Sabah yesterday, increasing the overall Covid-19 death toll to 388.
The deceased were between the age of 33 and 92, in which three of them had pre-existing medical conditions.
Separately, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said a total of 182 individuals were arrested for violating the Conditional Movement Control Order on Dec 7.
He added that a majority of them were caught for not maintaining physical distancing rules and not wearing face masks.
Of the total number of arrests, Ismail Sabri said 181 of them were compounded, while one was remanded.
Under Ops Benteng, the authorities detained 31 illegal immigrants, and seized three land vehicles and one boat.
From July 24 until Dec 7, a total of 83,737 individuals arrived at all international entrances and were placed in 76 hotels and 18 other premises.
From the total figure, 12,097 individuals were undergoing mandatory quarantine, while 509 individuals were sent to hospitals for treatment.
A total of 71,131 individuals were allowed to return home.